The Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has waded into the face-off that led to the sacking of some staff members of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Malami asked for comments of the Director General of the Agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, over an order of the National Industrial Court which ruled in favour of three sacked staff of the Agency.

The trio had gone to the industrial court to challenge their sack which they argued was illegal and unconstitutional. In a letter signed on behalf of the AGF by the acting Director of Litigations and Public Law, Ministry of Justice, Maimyna Lami Shiru, the AGF requested for the comments of the NIMASA boss to enable him take an informed decision.

The letter titled ‘A humble request for intervention to curtail disobedience of court order and unnecessary litigation by NIMASA in simply labour matter already resolved by the judgement of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Suit No. NICN/LA/519/2016: Afi Nelson Ogba Vs NIMASA; And Suit No. NICN/LA/521/2016: Mercy Atewe Vs NIMASA.’

The statement read in part:

“I most respectfully convey the compliments of the Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice, HAGF/MJ, and to inform you of the receipt of a letter dated August 12, 2020, from the law firm of Onwumere & Co in respect of the above caption.

I am directed to request your comments on the matter so as to enable the HAGF/MJ to take an informed decision on same.”

The three sacked staff of NIMASA were employed by the former Director General of the agency, Patrick Akpobolokaemi, and they see their disengagement as an act of witch-hunting.